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via News5:

On a breezy, chilly Sunday morning, hundreds of people laced up their shoes to walk in the annual March for Babies event in Cleveland’s University Circle.

The event, hosted by March of Dimes, helps raise money to expand research and education of premature births while also funding programs which help mothers and babies.

Families, friends and community members wore team shirts to represent the premature babies in their lives.

The event is especially essential to Cleveland and Cuyahoga County because, according to a recent study published by the March of Dimes, Cleveland has the highest rate of premature births in the entire country.

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